Accessorizing with White

The right accessories really help pull a room together. From traditional to modern, your design style can be reflected in the accessories you choose. One of my favorite ways to brighten a space is with white accessories. From pillows to vases and everything in between, white is a favorite go-to of mine for bringing sophistication and crisp style to any room.






This dark room with stone walls and deep wood finishes needed something to balance the heaviness of the deep tones and textures. We teamed up with Sherry Hart Designs at the St. Philip’s Cathedral Show House in Atlanta to lighten this room up. Sherry also loves white accessories! We chose a soft, comfy white chair and accessorized with a row of white vases on the desk to brighten up this dark, masculine room. We just love it!






Here’s a great tip for adding white to your tables and bookcases…wrap your books in white kraft paper. It’s an easy way to instantly add height and balance to your other accessories without the book covers being a distraction. We love how this vignette turned out. Polished, crisp, and full of interest.







Accessorizing with white, especially when we’re talking about pillows, rugs, or other fabrics, can be a time of worrying about wear or dirt – especially when you have children or pets. I understand! Choosing fabrics that are washable is key. A pillowcase can unzip and be laundered, a bath mat can be thrown in the wash. Here’s a snapshot of my life, white rug, dog and all!






Add some pop to your table top with white vases and bowls. Functional and beautiful, what’s better than that?!




Accessories That Shine

One of my favorite accessories are lamps. Going through photos of our past projects there is a common theme…they’re almost all white. Accessorizing with white is timeless, classic, and hints to a modern feel. Take a look at some of my favorite accessories that shine – lamps.


Lori White Lamp Collage 1

We were instantly drawn to the unique shape of this lamp base. It’s interesting, modern, and shows really well against the black bookcase. In a room full of architectural interest it was fun to bring architecturally influenced accessories into the room. You can always have fun with lamps!









In this basement living room we added a wall of mirrors as the backdrop to this lamp, allowing for light to be reflected to the max. Dark basements really are a thing of the past when you choose properly placed lighting and creative light-maximizing solutions.








Matching lamps flank a sitting area in this master suite. The white lamps almost disappear against the wall of windows. Classic beauty.




Varying lamp heights can also bring sophistication and elegance. The thin and tall metal lamp base gives this short dresser the height needed to balance the tall ceilings and vertical artwork. And of course, we chose a white lamp shade to complete the elegantly modern look.



Here’s another example of how mirrors and lamps work together to bring extra light. This mirrored desk doubles as a vanity, reflecting and enhancing light in just the right places. A fabric lamp shade brings texture and interest while the more traditional, curved lamp base softens the sharp lines of the desk and lightens up what would otherwise be a dark corner of the room. Whether you’re reading a book, writing a note, or applying makeup the placement of this lamp is spot on. We also love how the cord is hidden by the leg of the desk. Which brings up another wonderful light solution, cordless lamps. We love the cordless selections at Modern Lantern.





Lamp bases come in all shapes and sizes, but when we found this one with an interesting texture and pattern, it was too good to pass up. Have fun when shopping for lamps. They’re more than just a light source. They’re an important design element and if you think about it, they’re one of the largest accessories in your home.